JUDICIAL RECEPTION

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6-8 PM

E. Barrett Prettyman US Courthouse & William B. Bryant Annex Atrium
333 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Bar Association of the District of Columbia cordially invites you to the Intellectual Property Section’s Annual Luncheon.

Please join us to welcome new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director, Andrei Iancu, as our honored guest and speaker, and to reconnect and learn about recent events in the IP community.

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Honorees

RETIRING/INCOMING JUSTICES

Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh
The Supreme Court of the United States

RETIRING/TAKING SENIOR STATUS

Hon. Susan G. Braden
Hon. Marian Blank Horn
Hon. Charles F. Lettow
Hon. Mary Ellen Coster Williams
Hon. Victor J. Wolski

The US Court of Federal Claims

Hon. John A. Terry
Hon. Inez Smith Reid

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Hon. Zoe Bush
Hon. Russell F. Canan
Hon. Thomas J. Motley
Hon. John M. Mott
Hon. Frederick H. Weisberg

The Superior Court of the District of Columbia

INCOMING

Hon. Margaret M. Sweeney, Chief Judge
The US Court of Federal Claims

Hon. Gregory G. Katsas, US Circuit Judge
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Hon. Trevor N. McFadden
Hon. Dabney L. Friedrich

US District Judges
The US District Court for the District of Columbia

Hon. Kelly A. Higashi
Hon. Jonathan H. Pittman

Associate Judges
The Superior Court of the District of Columbia

RETIRING/INCOMING JUSTICES

THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

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Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

Anthony M. Kennedy (Retired), Associate Justice, was born in Sacramento, California, July 23, 1936. He married Mary Davis and has three children. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and the London School of Economics, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He was in private practice in San Francisco, California from 1961–1963, as well as in Sacramento, California from 1963–1975. From 1965 to 1988, he was a Professor of Constitutional Law at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. He has served in numerous positions during his career, including a member of the California Army National Guard in 1961, the board of the Federal Judicial Center from 1987–1988, and two committees of the Judicial Conference of the United States: the Advisory Panel on Financial Disclosure Reports and Judicial Activities, subsequently renamed the Advisory Committee on Codes of Conduct, from 1979–1987, and the Committee on Pacific Territories from 1979–1990, which he chaired from 1982–1990. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1975. President Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat February 18, 1988. Justice Kennedy retired from the Supreme Court on July 31, 2018.

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Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh

Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice, was born in Washington, D.C., on February 12, 1965. He married Ashley Estes in 2004 and they have two daughters – Margaret and Liza. He received a B.A. from Yale College in 1987 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1990. He served as a law clerk for Judge Walter Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1990-1991, for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1991-1992, and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1993 Term. In 1992-1993, he was an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States. From 1994 to 1997 and for a period in 1998, he was Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr. He was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C., from 1997 to 1998 and again from 1999 to 2001. From 2001 to 2003, he was Associate Counsel and then Senior Associate Counsel to the President. From 2003 to 2006, he was Assistant to the President and White House Staff Secretary. He was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2006. President Donald J. Trump nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat on October 6, 2018.

RETIRING/TAKING SENIOR STATUS

THE US COURT OF FEDERAL CLAIMS

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Hon. Susan G. Braden

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Hon. Marian Blank Horn

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Hon. Charles F. Lettow

Judge Lettow was appointed a judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims on July 14, 2003, and entered on duty on July 22, 2003. He previously spent more than 30 years as a litigator with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, first as an associate from 1973-1976, and then as a partner from 1976-2003. During that time, he argued three cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and more than 40 cases in the federal courts of appeals, and handled numerous cases in federal trial courts.

Prior to joining Cleary, Gottlieb, Judge Lettow served as Counsel, Council on Environmental Quality in the Executive Office of the President, from 1970 to 1973. He was a law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Supreme Court of the United States, during 1969-1970, and was a law clerk to Judge Ben C. Duniway, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, during 1968-1969. Judge Lettow received an LL.B. degree from Stanford University in 1968, where he was Note Editor of the Stanford Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. He also received a B.S.Ch.E. from Iowa State University in 1962, and a M.A. in history from Brown University in 2001. From 1963 to 1965, Judge Lettow served in the U.S. Army with the Third Infantry Division.

While at Cleary, Gottlieb, Judge Lettow was active with educational institutions and bar organizations. He served as chairman of the board of trustees of The Potomac School from 1985-1988, and as a member of the board from 1983-1990. He also was chairman of the Environmental Controls Committee of the Section of Business Law, American Bar Association, from 1983-1987. He has been a member of the American Law Institute since 1994.

In January 1992, Judge Lettow received an award from the National Association of Attorneys General “for sustained assistance to the States in their preparation for appearances before the Supreme Court of the United States.” In 1997 and 1998, he received awards from the National State and Local Legal Center for amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court

Judge Lettow maintains an interest in academic research on historical topics, particularly in the Tudor-Stuart period in England and the corresponding colonial period in the United States. He also sustains an interest in agriculture and farming. He is married and resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. He and his wife have four children.

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Hon. Mary Ellen Coster Williams

Since her appointment in 2003, Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams has served on the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. From 1989 to 2003, she served as an administrative judge on the General Services Board of Contract Appeals. During her combined 29 years on the bench, Judge Williams has handled wide-ranging civil matters including government contract disputes, Fifth Amendment taking claims, and patent infringement actions against Government agencies.

Born and raised in New York, Judge Williams received a B.A. in Latin and Greek and an M.A. in Latin from the Catholic University of America before attending Duke Law School. Following graduation from Duke Law, Judge Williams started her career in private practice as a civil litigator before serving as an Assistant United States Attorney. Throughout her career, Judge Williams has been active in bar associations, serving on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, as chair of the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law and in the ABA House of Delegates. Judge Williams has served as the Foundation President, a Trustee, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. She is a former Chair of the D.C. Young Lawyers Section and Secretary of the D.C. Bar.

Judge Williams recently taught a course on litigation with the federal Government at American University Washington College of Law. She previously taught at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and at Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Program for Law and Government.

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Hon. Victor J. Wolski

Judge Wolski was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims by President George W. Bush on July 14, 2003 and entered duty on July 24, 2003. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a B.A. in History from the College of Arts and Sciences and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School. Following graduation, he served as research associate to a supply-side economist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and at the Institute for Political Economy. In 1988, he served in the Reagan Administration as speech writer to Secretary of Agriculture Richard Lyng, and in 1989 he served in the administration of President George H. W. Bush, in the General Counsel’s office at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Judge Wolski received his J.D. in 1991 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as president of the Federalist Society and as a member of the editorial board of the Virginia Tax Review. In 1991-92, he served as law clerk to Judge Vaughn R. Walker on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. From 1992 to 1997 he was an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, where he was counsel of record at the petition stage in Suitum v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 520 U.S. 725 (1997).

From 1997 to 2000, Judge Wolski served as tax counsel to Senator Connie Mack (R-FL), a member of the United States Senate Committee on Finance. He was General Counsel and Chief Tax Adviser to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress in 1999 and 2000. From 2000 to 2003, Judge Wolski was an attorney with the Washington, D.C. law firms Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal and Cooper & Kirk. He is a member of the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the District of Columbia, the states of California, Washington, and Oregon, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and the Federal Circuits, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and several other federal courts. Since 2006, Judge Wolski has served as an Associate Editor of the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Journal.

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS

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Hon. John A. Terry

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Hon. Inez Smith Reid

THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

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Hon. Zoe Bush

Judge Zoe Bush was appointed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1994 by President William Jefferson Clinton.

Judge Bush was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated with Honors from Wellesley College in 1976 and received a Waddell Fellowship, which permitted her to spend the summer in Ghana to research her Honors thesis in History. Judge Bush received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1979.

Immediately after law school, Judge Bush moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable James F. Merow of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The following year, she was a law clerk to the late Honorable Phillip N. Nichols of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In 1981, she joined the Office of General Counsel of the Washington Gas Light Company as a rate lawyer, representing the Company in rate proceedings before the District of Columbia and Maryland Public Service Commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In 1984, she joined the Office of General Counsel of the Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO), where she was promoted from Associate Counsel to Assistant General Counsel to Associate General Counsel.

After ten years of litigation, Judge Bush was appointed as an Administrative Judge on the Board of Contact Appeals for the District of Columbia by then-Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, later becoming Chief Administrative Judge. During her nearly three-year tenure as Chief Judge, the backlog for bid protests was eliminated and the delay in resolving contract disputes was greatly reduced.

Judge Bush has served in the Criminal, Civil and Domestic Violence Divisions of the Court as well as in the Family Court. She has served as the Presiding Judge of the Family Court, Co-Chair of the Family Court Organization & Management Oversight Team; Co-Chair of the Implementation Committee of the Family Court; Co-Chair of the Family Court Rules Advisory Committee; Co-Chair of the Behavioral Health Committee; Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Juvenile Subcommittee, Co-Chair of the Truancy Task Force and Lead Judge for the Family Court with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Judge Bush also serves as a member of the Superior Court Magistrate Judges Review Committee and the Rules Committee of the Superior Court. She is also past president of the Charlotte E. Ray American Inn of Court. She has received the Commissioner’s Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, and is a recipient of the Charlotte E. Ray Award.

Judge Bush has been active in bar activities and community service, including the National Association of Black Women Attorneys (NABWA); the Women’s Bar Association; and the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the National Bar Association’s Women Lawyer’s Division (GWAC) and the Judicial Council of the Washington Bar Association. She has served as a tutor and “big sister” for area students.

Judge Bush has also been active in the Wellesley College Alumnae Association. Judge Bush is the proud mother of a daughter.

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Hon. Russell F. Canan

Judge Russell F. Canan was appointed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1993 by President William Jefferson Clinton.

Judge Canan was born in New York City and attended public schools in the area. After graduating from college he worked as a health education worker at which time he assisted in setting up health clinics for migrant farm workers. He obtained his law degree from Antioch School of Law in the District of Columbia.

Judge Canan served as a law clerk to the late John D. Fauntleroy, an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He also worked for the Legal Assistance Branch of the Superior Court. In 1977, Judge Canan and classmates from Antioch School of Law opened the law offices of Canan, Burns & O’Toole. His practice focused on litigation primarily in the criminal defense and civil rights fields.

In 1983 and part of 1984, Judge Canan helped establish the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, where he represented prisoners on death row. He also directed class action civil rights lawsuits. Upon returning to the District of Columbia, he returned to the private practice of law with the firm Milliken, Van Susteren & Canan. He was later in the private practice of law with the firm of Canan, Kiersh & Lobo.

Currently, Judge Canan is in the Probate and Tax Division. He is presently the Chair of the Committee on Wrongful Convictions and is also the Chair of the Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges. From 2009 – 2012, Judge Canan served as the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division. He is former Chair of the Criminal Advisory Rules Committee, former Chair of the Judicial Education Committee and former Chair of the Jury Management Committee. He has also served in the Civil Division of the court as well as the Family Court.

Throughout his career, Judge Canan has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Antioch School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University Law School, the Washington College of Law at the American University and the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Judge Canan has been an instructor at the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, and has lectured throughout the country before such groups as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Amnesty International, and the American Bar Association.

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Hon. Thomas J. Motley

Judge Thomas John Motley was appointed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 2000 by President William J. Clinton.

Judge Motley received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Columbia College in 1976. He received his law degree in 1979 from Harvard Law School. The following year Judge Motley served as a law clerk to Judge Robert F. Collins of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

In 1980, Judge Motley joined the District of Columbia law firm of Steptoe & Johnson. After two and a half years in private practice, he entered public service, becoming an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia from 1983 until 2000.

Judge Motley was reappointed in October 2015. Judge Motley has presided over matters on the Juvenile, Paternity & Support, Mental Health, Felony II, Domestic Violence, Civil II calendars, and the Felony I calendars. He served as a member of various Superior Court committees, including the Rules Committee and was also a member of the Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court. Judge Motley took senior status in March 2018.

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Hon. John M. Mott

Judge John M. Mott was born in New York City and spent his childhood moving around the country with his family, including attending junior high school in Tucson, Arizona and high school near Rochester, New York. In between graduating from Dartmouth College in 1981 and Northeastern University School of law in 1988, Judge Mott taught high school history for three years in New Hampshire, worked in Washington, D.C. at the National Council of La Raza and Neighborhood Legal Services, traveled extensively in South America, and worked in Japan.

Judge Mott has spent his entire professional career in public service, in the courtroom and mediating cases. From 1988 – 1995, he represented indigent defendants as a staff attorney and supervisor at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). From 1995 – 2000, Judge Mott served as a federal prosecutor for the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. As a Senior Trial Attorney and Deputy Chief at DOJ, Judge Mott investigated hate crime, police brutality and official misconduct, involuntary servitude, and other civil rights cases and supervised trial attorneys. As Acting Chief of the Criminal Section, he supervised the daily operations of the Section, approved all prosecutions, helped to create the Task Force on Violence Against Health Care Providers, and worked on legislative matters including the Hate Crime bill.

Judge Mott was appointed to the District of Columbia Superior Court bench by President Bill Clinton in 2000, and he was reappointed in 2015. For over 18 years, he handled a variety of cases: juvenile; abuse and neglect; mental health; adoption; domestic violence; misdemeanor; felony (from drug distribution to homicide); post-conviction; and, for the last eight years, a wide array of civil matters, including two years assigned to a complex civil trial calendar. During his time in the Civil Division, Judge Mott successfully mediated dozens of cases – both his own and those of colleagues – primarily civil disputes but, also family and probate matters to assist colleagues in other Divisions of the court. In addition, Judge Mott has taught for many years – both a class on The American Jury at George Washington University School of Law and as a faculty member at Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop.

As a Senior Judge, Judge Mott will remain involved with the court while focusing primarily on continuing his alternative dispute resolution work as a Neutral for JAMS in the areas of mediation, arbitration, special master assignments, and case evaluation, a position he began this month.

Judge Mott lives in the District with his two sons, a high school sophomore and senior.

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Hon. Frederick H. Weisberg

Judge Frederick H. Weisberg was appointed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter, was reappointed to a second fifteen- year term in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush and was appointed to serve a third fifteen year term in 2007 by President George W. Bush.

Judge Weisberg graduated from Cornell University with honors in 1965, and he received his law degree, cum laude, in 1968 from the University of Michigan, where he was Notes and Comments Editor of the Michigan Law Review.

Following graduation from law school, Judge Weisberg entered an Office of Economic Opportunity lawyers’ program, sponsored jointly by VISTA and the New York University Law School. In connection with that program, Judge Weisberg represented indigent residents of Brooklyn, New York in a variety of civil matters and concurrently earned an LL.M. degree in Urban Law from NYU Law School.

In 1970, Judge Weisberg came to Washington, DC as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service (PDS). During his first three years at PDS, he was on the trial staff, representing juveniles and indigent criminal defendants in both the Superior Court and the United States District Court. In 1973, Judge Weisberg joined the appellate staff of PDS, becoming the Chief of the Appellate Division in 1974. As Chief, he supervised all of the appeals handled by PDS attorneys in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals and, at the same time, litigated his own cases in both Courts as well as in the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Weisberg served as the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division from 1989 to 1995. He was a member of the Sentencing Guidelines Commission and served as its Chairman from 1987 until it was dissolved in 1992. He currently serves as Chairman of the District of Columbia Sentencing Commission. During his tenure on the Superior Court, Judge Weisberg has served in every Division of the Court other than Tax and Probate.

INCOMING

THE US COURT OF FEDERAL CLAIMS

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Hon. Margaret M. Sweeney

THE US COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT

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Hon. Gregory G. Katsas

Gregory G. Katsas, circuit judge; born in Boston, MA, 1964; son of George and Clara Katsas; married to Simone Mele Katsas; two daughters; A.B., Princeton University, 1986, cum laude; J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude, executive editor, Harvard Law Review; law clerk to Judge Edward Becker, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1989-90; law clerk to Judge Clarence Thomas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1990-91; law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court of the United States, 1991-92; associate then partner, Jones Day, 1992-2001; Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 2001-06; Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General, 2006-08; Acting Associate Attorney General, 2007-08; Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, 2008-09; partner, Jones Day, 2009-17; Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President, 2017; Edmund J. Randolph award, U.S. Department of Justice, 2009; Member, Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, 2008-09; Member, Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules, 2013-17; Admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia; Florida; Pennsylvania (inactive status); Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, D.C., and Federal Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Northern District of Florida, and Central District of Florida; appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on December 8, 2018.

THE US DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

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Hon. Trevor N. McFadden

Judge Trevor N. McFadden was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in 2017. He received his B.A. in 2001 from Wheaton College, IL, magna cum laude. In 2006, he received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was an editor for the Virginia Law Review.

Following graduation from law school, Judge McFadden clerked for Judge Steven Colloton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He then joined the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General and as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia. Judge McFadden subsequently became a partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP in Washington, DC, where he focused on white collar investigations. He is also co-author of a treatise, Corporate Settlement Tools: DPAs, NPAs, and Cooperation Agreements.

After four years in private practice, Judge McFadden returned to the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was Deputy Assistant Attorney General and acted as the second-in-command of the Department’s Criminal Division. As Deputy Assistant Attorney General, he managed the Division’s Fraud and Appellate Sections.

Judge McFadden also has extensive experience in law enforcement. He served as an officer with the Fairfax County, VA, Police Department and as a deputy sheriff in Madison County, VA.

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Hon. Dabney L. Friedrich

Judge Dabney L. Friedrich was appointed to the District Court in December 2017. She received a B.A., magna cum laude, in economics from Trinity University in 1988. Judge Friedrich then received a Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford University in 1989 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1992.

After law school, Judge Friedrich served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas F. Hogan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Following her clerkship, she was a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins in San Diego from 1994 until 1995. From 1995 until 2002, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney, first in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, and beginning in 1998, in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. In 2002, Judge Friedrich joined the staff of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From 2003 until 2006, she served as an Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush. In 2006, Judge Friedrich joined the United States Sentencing Commission where she served as a Commissioner until 2017.

THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

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Hon. Kelly A. Higashi

Kelly A. Higashi is a judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She was appointed by President Donald Trump on February 5, 2018, to a 15-year term. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 12, 2018, by voice vote.

Judge Higashi was previously an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA), serving 14 years as the Chief of the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section at the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia. She led 38 prosecutors who specialized in the prosecution, in both the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, of sexual assaults, domestic violence, child abuse, stalking, human trafficking, online child exploitation, and sex offender registration offenses. Judge Higashi had been an AUSA for over 22 years, and had investigated and tried numerous criminal cases in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, including some of the most serious domestic violence and sexual assault cases involving both adult and child victims.

Judge Higashi was the 2016 recipient of the Assistant United States Attorneys Association Harold Sullivan Award. She has also been awarded several United States Attorney’s Awards for Special Achievement, the United States Attorney’s Justice for Victims of Crime Award, and the United States Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Management.

Judge Higashi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University School of Law. After law school, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Frederick H. Weisberg, Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

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Hon. Jonathan H. Pittman

Judge Jonathan H. Pittman was sworn in as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on April 4, 2018.

Judge Pittman was born in New York City and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. Judge Pittman received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vassar College in 1985. He received a law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1990, where he served as an Authorities Editor on the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and was a member of the Order of the Coif.

Following graduation from law school, Judge Pittman moved to the District of Columbia where he served as a law clerk to the Honorable John A. Terry of the D.C. Court of Appeals from 1990 until 1991. From 1991 to 2012 Judge Pittman was an associate and then a partner with the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring LLP, where he represented commercial clients in complex civil litigation in courts throughout the country at both the trial court and appellate levels, primarily in large insurance coverage disputes concerning environmental and mass tort liabilities. Judge Pittman was one of the founding members of Crowell & Moring’s Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Group, and was ranked as one of the leading insurance coverage lawyers in the District of Columbia by Chambers USA, The Client’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers.

In 2012, Judge Pittman joined the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. He initially served as a Section Chief in the Civil Litigation Division, where he supervised the attorneys and staff who defended the District of Columbia, its agencies and employees in torts actions, civil rights actions and employment actions brought in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. In April 2016 Judge Pittman was promoted to the position of Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the Civil Litigation Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, where he served until his appointment to the Superior Court. While at the Office of the Attorney General, Judge Pittman served as the Attorney General’s representative on the Superior Court’s Voir Dire Committee and the Council for Court Excellence Jury Project, which issued a report entitled Jury Service Revisited: Upgrades for the 21st Century, setting forth recommendations to improve jury service in the District of Columbia. Judge Pittman is a member of the William B. Bryant American Inn of Court.

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